Definition of DAMNUM FATALE in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.
Definition of DAMNUM FATALE
Fatal damage; damage from fate; loss happening from a cause beyond human control, (quod ex fato contingit,) or an act of God, for which bailees are not liable; such as shipwreck, lightning, and the like. Dig. 4, 9, 3, 1; Story, Bailm. § 465. The civilians included in the phrase "damnum fatale" all those accidents which are summed up in the common-law expression, "Act of God or public enemies;" though, perhaps, it embraced some which would not now be admitted as occurring from an irresistible force. Thickstun v. Howard, 8 Blackf. Ind. 535.
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